SSC CGL: Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs Job Profile, Salary, Pay Scale, Career

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SSC CGL Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs Job Profile: The Staff Selection Commission announced over 30 Group B and C Category Posts with multiple job vacancies for SSC CGL 2016. We hope SSC aspirants have submitted their application online. While filling post preferences, there are a number of job profiles you wish to know about. In this article, we will be talking about Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Job Profile, Recruitment Exam, Salary and Career Path. This is also a prominent post preferred by a lot of candidates.

A number of candidates must have multiple doubts and queries regarding the key responsibilities of an Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs. Do you have any of the following doubts.

  • What are the necessary Education Qualifications required for applying for the post of Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs?

  • How to get recruited for the post of Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs?

  • What is the Job Description of an Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs?

  • What is the Salary of an Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs?

  • What is the career path of an Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs?

If yes, let us go step by step and understand what an Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs actually do.


Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs Job Profile


The process of gaining recruitment in the Ministry of External Affairs is quite aggressive. MEA is quite selective in shortlisting candidates for various posts.

As an Assistant in the Ministry of External Affairs, your job profile can be along the lines of 2 verticals.

  • Assistant (General): If you are working as a General Assistant, your job will involve basic clerical and cataloguing work. You need to report to your superiors regarding progress or issues related to your job profile. You would work for 3 years in Delhi and then 3 years in foreign.
  • Assistant (Cypher): This job profile has more exciting stuff in store for you. As a Cypher Assistant, you would be involved in coding-decoding/ deciphering confidential messages for MEA. This also involves getting to know highly confidential details regarding various events and documents and secure communication coding languages. You would work for 3 years in Delhi and then 6 years in foreign.


Hence, according to your ability and preference, you will be posted in either of the profiles in Ministry of External Affairs.

Now, let us discuss about the recruitment procedure of an Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs through SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination 2016.


SSC CGL Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs Recruitment Procedure 

Ministry of Home Affairs is very selective while recruiting candidates and there are only a few vacancies every year.

You need to have a complete graduation degree from a recognized college or univeristy if you wish to apply for the post of Assistant in Central Vigilance Commission. The recruitment procedure for the post of Assistant in MEA involves SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 Examination, followed by document verification of the shortlisted candidates.

SSC CGL Tier 1: The SSC CGL Prelims will be an objective paper of 200 marks with 4 equal sections, which are, Reasoning, General Awareness, Numerical Aptitude and English Comprehension. You need to qualify in this exam in order to move to the next level.

SSC CGL Tier 2: Competition will get intense at this level. You will attempt 2 Papers and they will be based on Arithmetical Ability and English Language. You can read about it in detail from the link provided below.


Read: SSC CGL Exam Syllabus 2016 [Detailed] 

A cumulative score achieved in Tier I and Tier II SSC CGL Exams will be considered while creating the merit list. The candidates will be considered for the post of Assistant in MEA after document verification. If you are preparing for the upcoming SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam 2016, get familiar with exam syllabus.


Read: SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2016 [Detailed] 

We hope candidates are now well aware of the recruitment procedure. Let us revert our attention towards the career of an Assistant working for the Ministry of External Affairs.

Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs Salary, Pay Scale and Allowances    

The salary breakdown of an Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)

  • Pay Scale: Rs. 9,300 – 34,800/-
  • Grade Pay: Rs. 4,600/-

Apart from the regular fixed pay, an Assistant working in Ministry of External Affairs also enjoys a bunch of perks, benefits and allowances.

  1. DA on Total Pay above (around 107%)
  2. Transport Allowance (TA)
  3. House Rent Allowance (if not provided with quarters)
  4. Long Term Care (LTC)
  5. NPS Contribution

According to current pay scales, you would get a salary of around 40,000/- per month initially.

In case of Foreign Posting., you will get US $1800-2000 as a Foreign Allowance and US $ 400-600 as other allowances such as heating or cold allowance. Housing Facilities will also be included.


Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs Work Environment


The recruitment process for the post of Assistant in MEA is quite competitive. But, the struggle doesn’t end here. Since you get to enjoy an innumerable number of perks and benefits working Ministry of External Affairs, you will also have to super responsive.

You can expect a limited workload as a General Assistant, with only day shift and posting in Delhi for 3 years and 3 years in a foreign location.

But, the life of Assistant Cypher is competitive as the work is quite detail sensitive. You need to work according to shifts and stay regularly in touch with people associated with MEA from around the globe.


Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs Career Path and Opportunities 

Promotion wise Assistant MEA post is very good if you clear the departmental exam in time. You would get your first promotion in around 6-8 years. With first promotion, you would become Administrative Officer (A.O.).

  1. Administrative Officer (AO)
  2. Under Secretary
  3. Deputy Secretary
  4. Director

The second promotion in this post is of Under Secretary which is a Group – A, IFS level post. You may get a second promotion in around 8 years.

After this promotion, you would be allotted batch year by UPSC and you would become an IFS officer. Next promotions in this post are Deputy Secretary, in around 8 years, Director, in around 5-6 years, Joint Secretary, in around 4-5 years.

In small countries, Director is posted as a Head of the Mission (Consulate General of India). As a Joint Secretary, you may become an Ambassador of India.

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  1. Thanks can you tell me more about Cypher study guidelines what should we prepare?? Like should we have study different language

    • you can but then the family expenses will be higher than your income and if you have baby then your baby education will suffer a lot. it will be good for you to leave your family in india and go to abroad.

  2. For promotion departmental exam again occur??? Or you are talking about SSC exam only and entry for general and cypher post depends on only MEA or there is another syllabus for cypher because you are talking about coding and decoding that’s why asking…

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